December 2017

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“Twice Upon a Time” concludes the run of Peter Capaldi as The Doctor in a Christmas special that reunites the Time Lord with his first incarnation (played by David Bradley). The 2017 Christmas special also marks Steven Moffat‘s departure as Doctor Who‘s showrunner. Bringing together the Twelfth Doctor and the First Doctor, both of whom are refusing to regenerate, offers some amusing moments – particularly in Bradley’s non-politically-correct comments (although the episode goes to the well for these jokes at least once too often). Mark Gatiss is well-cast as the confused WWI soldier out of time, even if it was far, far too obvious to guess the the man’s familial connection to The Doctor. The episode also brings back Bill (Pearl Mackie), Nardole (Matt Lucas), and Clara (Jenna Coleman) as avatars of Testimony (a futuristic computer filled with memories which, since it isn’t part of an evil plot, The Doctor struggles with knowing what to make of it).

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Jessica Jones has issues. I’m just saying. Jessica Jones #15 brings the super-hero detective face-to-face with the Purple Man for a mostly-civil discussion about how Kilgrave has missed her company and needs something from her. Mostly civil, that is to say, until Jessica’s pals (with the help of Kraven the Hunter) spring their trap and assassinate the mind-controlling super-villain in mid-sentence. And then things get interesting.

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“Rewind” is the first episode of the show’s Fifth Season that I’m relatively happy with (even if it still leaves quite a bit unexplained). Leaving the alternate future, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. rewinds to the moment in which the rest of his team where taken and follows the path of Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) from arrest to finding his way to the future himself. The episode introduces us the alien Enoch (Joel Stoffer as a character pretty much stolen from a Hellboy comic) and a young human (Lexy Kolker) whose hazy vision of the future is responsible for the rest of the cast being thrown decades into the future, despite the fact that their return to the present will undoubtedly change events to make the future they are currently stuck in completely irrelevant.

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Comic Rack – Batman #37

by Cap'n Carrot on December 28, 2017

in Comics!

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I thoroughly enjoyed Batman #36 which focused on the relationships of Bruce Wayne and Catwoman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, and Batman and Superman. Somehow, this issue is even better. Bringing the foursome together for a night out at the Gotham Fair (on super-hero night no less) proves to be one of the most enjoyable comics I’ve read all year.

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“CHRISTMAS IS HERE!” — A Bad Lip Reading of Donald Trump

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The Year In Movies: 2017 Cinema Supercut

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HOME ALONE (1990) Retrospective / Review

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Kevin Conroy Voices Darth Vader as Batman (Talkin’ Toons w/ Rob Paulsen)

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THE LAST JEDI: Backlash is Missing the Point

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Directed by Jonathan Frakes, “And the Silver Screen” offers an amusing adventure when Flynn (Noah Wyle) and Eve (Rebecca Romijn) become trapped in one of the Guardian’s favorite film noirs. Doing their best to complete the story, the pair only find themselves stuck in a loop and will need the help of Jenkins (John Larroquette) uncovering a hidden truth about the film, and the other Librarians (trapped in other films), to break the cycle and make it back to the real world.

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